Syracuse Law School is located in upstate New York and has a rather good reputation that belies its #86 position in the 2010 U.S. News and World Report rankings. Tuition is expensive, however, and the total estimated cost for attending Syracuse Law is among the highest of all law schools. About 80% of Syracuse Law students do receive financial aid though.
Academically, one of Syracuse Law's brightest spots is its trial advocacy program, judged as the 12th best in the country (tied with Harvard Law) by U.S. News in 2010.
Syracuse Law's three-year Juris Doctor (J.D.) program operates from late August to mid-May; there is no part-time program or evening program.
Syracuse, NY 13244-1030
Fast Facts (Class of 2012)
Students of Color: 23%
Student to Faculty Ratio: 1: 13
Class of 2012 GPA/LSAT Scores
LSAT 25%-75%: 153-157
LSAT Median: 155
UGPA 25%-75%: 3.13-3.51
UGPA Median: 3.32
$43,500; estimated total cost of attendance: $63,700
Application fee: $70
Application deadline: April 1 to receive priority consideration.
Applicants may apply online through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) or download a paper application from the school's website (PDF). In addition to the application and fee, applicants must submit:
- LSDAS report, including LSAT score
- Undergraduate transcript
- Up to three letters of recommendation (strongly suggested)
For complete information on admission procedures at Syracuse Law, see Application Process.
For more information on transferring to Syracuse Law, see Transfer Students.
Degrees and Curriculum
In order to earn a Juris Doctor at Syracuse Law, students must complete 87 credits. For full academic requirements, see the Student Handbook (PDF).
The first-year curriculum consists of Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law I, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property, Torts, Legal Communication & Research I and II, Legislation & Policy I and II.
Syracuse Law also offers several joint degree programs, including a JD/MBA Program, JD/MPA, and JD/MSW.
Syracuse Law offers summer summer study abroad program in London.
Law Journals and Other Activities
Syracuse Law has four student law journals, including the following: Syracuse Law Review, Impunity Watch, and Syracuse Journal of International Law & Commerce.
Along with many student organizations, the law school also has several centers and institutes for specific legal interests such as the Burton Blatt Institute: Centers of Innovation on Disability, Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, and the Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and the Media.
Bar Exam Passage Rate
Most Syracuse Law graduates take the New York Bar Exam; in July 2009, first-time bar exam takers from Syracuse Law achieved an 87.2% pass rate while the state average was 88.1%.
Syracuse Law reports that 94% of the Class of 2009 was employed or pursuing graduate education nine months after graduation. The average salary for those working in 100+ attorney law firms was $127,00, while the average salary for those in government positions was $53,000.